Origins: On 27 June 2003, the wishes of many telephone customers annoyed by ceaseless telemarketing calls were realized when the federal government implemented a national "Do Not Call" registry. By
Signing up with the National Do Not Call Registry will not necessarily stop all unwanted phone calls. Certain entities — political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors, and
Within four days of its launching, the National Do Not Call Registry had received registration requests for over
Consumers who receive telemarketing calls after the registry goes into effect will be able to file complaints through the FTC's web site. Of course, the National Do Not Call Registry will only be effective if the government enforces its provisions, and the current description of how complaints will be handled doesn't sound terribly encouraging to us:
Update: On 24 September 2003, just a week before the "do not call" list was due to go into effect, a federal judge in Oklahoma blocked its enforcement by ruling that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority in creating the national "do-not-call" registry . The following day Congress passed bills authorizing the FTC to enact and enforce the national "do not call" list, but then a second federal judge ruled the list violated free speech protections. Finally, in October 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by commercial telemarketers and upheld the no-call list as constitutional.
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